Share Your World – 2016 – Week #2


Sharing my world this week.

Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
I think there must be. I think it would be very arrogant of us to think that in the whole universe we are the only living beings. Just because we haven’t found them yet doesn’t mean they are not there although they may not be like us. As Mr Spock used to say “It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.” I loved the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” because of its positive attitude towards alien visitors.

How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.
I lived in England as a child, two different houses in Romford, near London. Since moving to Australia I have lived several different houses mostly in the suburbs of Adelaide SA:
• Two different homes in Elizabeth, (my aunt and uncle’s home and then our own).
• A house at Athol Park, when mum remarried.
• A flat at Henley South for a year after David and I got married.
• Our first house of our own at Hallett Cove where we remained for over 25 years.
• My current home in Geeveston, Tasmania.

If you were given $22 million tax free dollars (any currency), what is the first thing you would do?
Well whether it was twenty-two million or two million or any other significant amount the very first thing that I would do is to call my sister and say “Let’s go house hunting.” I would probably do this before even paying of my debt because I don’t actually have much debt at present (Lucky me). We would look for a big house or maybe two in the same neighbourhood with enough storage space for her collections, my collections, her pets and my pets and would retire there.

 

17 High Street, East launceston, TAS 7250

Photo taken @ Oxford on 17 August 2012 (© Universal Pops (David) / Flickr)This is a creative commons image, which you may freely use by linking to this page. Please respect the photographer and his work.
Photo taken @ Oxford on 17 August 2012 (© Universal Pops (David) / Flickr)This is a creative commons image, which you may freely use by linking to this page. Please respect the photographer and his work.

 

 

The Never List: What are things you’ve never done? Or things you know you never will do?

I have never jumped out of a plane and never will.
I have never had a driver’s licence, unless you count a learners permit.
I have never smoked.
I have never become an Australian citizen but I might do that one of these days!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week my sister came down to spend the day and we did the online check in for our cruise. She also loaned me several boxes of paper dolls to write about for my doll blog. I’ve already done the first two but there is plenty to come. This week someone is coming to look at the car. I hope I’ll be able to sell it quickly as it is of no use to me. I went to the hairdresser yesterday and now have a new, short hair style which looks better and is much more comfortable and I also went to a lawyer to make a new will so now have the comfort of knowing that if something were to happen to me my sister would have less worry about what to do.

 

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

9 comments

  1. House hunting would be the first thing I would do too. I love the two that you showed. It would be so nice to have a house like either of those. How exciting that you and your sister are going on a cruise together!

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  2. I agree with extraterrestrials or life on other planets… The universe is that huge, it would not make any sense to me if our habitable zone would be an unique coincidence. Stephen Hawking said once “In a universe with 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, it is unlikely that earth is the only place where life has evolved.” and he said “to my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational”. I totally agree with this.

    I think we just need to keep searching. However, I wonder if we might find drive systems in the future that will allow us to traver faster and further, if not, we might need to colonize and set up bases on different planets to extend our reach, basically from island to island, but that means we would need to plan and think about this in a much larger timescale, it’ll take generations of born humans. There will probably be generations that live their whole live in a spaceship, and only their kids will set up the base, and their grandchilds will inhabit the target planet, apply terraforming and so on.

    I am somewhat mad about the fact that I will not see the great steps of mankind. But I could also see it differently, some of us saw the first steps, the moon landind, maybe I will see the mars landing, at least we all saw the first progress in space discovery, be it the sending of satellites into space, building the ISS, or the first images from the mars rover and so on. Still an interesting time we live in, but my curiosity wants to know more, how far we can go.

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    • I agree with you (and Stephen Hawking) mathematically there has to be life on other planets. We do need to keep searching but sadly the space program does not seem to have progressed as fast as it could have if all countries cooperated. The International Space Station is a step in the right direction and the Voyager space probe is still travelling. I think that for we humans to travel beyond our solar system it will require “Generation Ships” such as you described. Science Fiction is full of such ideas and although travelling at Warp speed like the Starship Enterprise would be more exciting I think that the slow and steady way is how it will be done if it ever is. I was around to see the first Moon Landing although at 12 years maybe did not appreciate what a step it was at the time. I am currently re reading a novel called “Space” by James Michener which deals with this subject and is very interesting. You may enjoy it if you have not read it before. It’s an old book now, we bought it probably twenty years ago.

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      • Yeah, warp drives speak against the physic we know today, I do think too that we will travel slow and steady, unless they find something that would question everything we know so far about physics. While I don’t understand all the geeky stuff, I am very interested what they will discover in the future, for example with particle accelerators… When there is a news, I am interested in it and I read about it, but it’s often over my head, but I try my best to understand what they discover, because my curiosty 😀 Yes, I remember “generation ships” is even the right term when they speak about this kind of space discovery.

        I am not much of a bookworm, only sometimes it happens that I read a book, but I write good suggestions down in case I get into the mood again. Your suggestion would meet my taste. 🙂

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